THE AWAKENED SEEKER
The perfect seeker always exerts himself with magnificent heroic effort, striving to purify the development of both self and other. Gradually, with supreme, impeccable, and nonconceptual intelligence, he attains the unexcelled accomplishment. The purification of the three spheres should be understood as the nondiscernment of practitioner, to-be-practiced, and actual practice through the nonconceptual intuition of the selflessness of things. “He strives to purify the development of both” refers to (both other) beings and himself.
His practice is as continual as the rubbing of fire sticks together by one wishing fire; like a trustworthy person he engages in practice to fulfill his universal responsibility. He practices with wisdom about the facts as a magician knows the true nature of his illusions. In whatever way, and wherever there is practice, it is all accepted as the bodhisattva’s.
This erudition above elucidates how and where there is practice. How? Like a sick person and so on with good medicine and so on. Where? In the life-cycle and so on, because he frequents the life-cycle having understood it by means of analytical wisdom. Through compassion he does not abandon beings who are afflicted with the attachments and wrong views because he has thoroughly made up his mind with his own vows, has gradually increased his wealth through the transcendence of generosity and so forth, has purified the acts of body, teaching and so forth, does not become enraged by harm done by beings, strives incessantly in the cultivation of virtue, does not relish the savor of meditative concentration, and is not in error regarding the facts.
As a merchant hopes to make a lot of money for his family by selling a small amount of merchandise, so the bodhisattva, through the practice of transcendent generosity, amasses the five desirable objects (the objects of the senses) and a great deal of wealth, and gives it all to living beings. This is the culmination of perfect enlightenment and wisdom. As a clothes dyer dyes and washes, etc. a cloth clean of stains, so the bodhisattva purifies his body, speech, and mind and practices the ten virtuous actions. This exemplifies transcendent morality.
Just as one energetically corrects an untrained martial arts student with blows, etc., so does the bodhisattva tame his passions. Here I allude to the example of the skilled horsetrainer in a certain ancient story as follows: Thusly, it is like a son who is skilled in training horses; whenever a horse stumbles, rears, or acts viciously he curbs it and so tames it that it never again becomes wild. Just so, is the seeker who practices meditation; whenever he perceives mental instability he takes measures to curb it, and he so curbs the mind that it never again becomes wild.